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We stopped 20 state parks from closing

After devastating budget cuts in 2011, this spring, the Legislature restored funding for state and local parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had warned that 20 state parks would have to close without additional funds. But after a public outcry—including thousands of petition signatures from Environment Texas members—the Legislature boosted funding by $62 million. That's enough to keep all our state parks open, make critical repairs, replant trees destroyed by wildfire at Bastrop State Park, and to give grants to cities to build new parks, ball fields and playgrounds.

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Texas Ban On Local Fracking Restrictions Signed Into Law

Local governments in Texas may no longer restrict fracking operations within their jurisdictions following Gov. Greg Abbott'ssignature of legislation Monday.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Governor expected to sign “Denton fracking bill”

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott is expected to sign HB 40 today, legislation which restricts local governments from adopting many health and safety protections to limit the worst impacts of oil and gas operations.

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Is Texas going green with rebates for electric cars, hybrids?

It’s no surprise that oil-rich Texas is a weak market for electric cars and hybrids. But did you realize we’re trying to change that — and using state money as an incentive?

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Messing with Texas: Can the state block the EPA's Clean Power Plan?

Lone Star State legislators think they have devised a way to keep the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) from messing with Texas.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Officials call on Texas to go big on solar

AUSTIN – Thirty civic leaders from El Paso to Houston today called for the state to generate 20 percent of its electricity from solar power within a decade. The bi-partisan group, which includes the Mayors of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Georgetown and county officials in Pecos, Nueces and El Paso counties, wrote Gov. Abbott and urged him to “make solar energy a key element of Texas’ energy future.” The non-profit Environment Texas Research and Policy Center also announced a plan to distribute door to door 46,000 flyers about how Texas families can go solar.

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